Canoeing the Zambezi

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Canoeing the Zambezi in Livingstone

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The Canoeing Trail operates above the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe on the 15km stretch of the Zambezi River between Chundu Camp site and the National Park entrance, running along the banks of the Zambezi National Park.

The Upper Zambezi River is regarded as free flow and as such the water is subject to seasonal variation. Floods begin in November and normally peak in April / May. Therefore, throughout the season the route varies as new channels open with the rise in water level. The Upper Zambezi has numerous heavily wooded islands, which are dissected by channels that may be several kilometres in length and vary in width from one to twenty metres.

The vegetation predominately consists of ebonies, waterberries, palms and a tremendous variety of acacia and albizia. The rapids are small and at their peak are only classed as grade two, which is the second easiest grade.

The Canoe Trail passes along the banks of the Zambezi National Park, where clients have a good opportunity of viewing various species of animals, such as Elephants, Buffalo, Impala, Kudu, Hippo, Crocodile etc. The bird life is prolific with at least 50 common species of bird that can be seen from your canoe.

Half Day Canoe Safari- AM Only:

  • Pick up from Vic Falls Accommodation: Between 07h30-08h00
  • Drop off at Vic Falls Accommodation: Between 12h30-13h00
  • Season: Yearly
Please note that NO lunch is served on a half-day safari. Half day safaris are only available in the mornings, unless by specific request for larger groups.

Full Day Canoe Safari:

  • Pick up from Vic Falls Accommodation: Between 07h30-08h00
  • Drop off at Vic Falls Accommodation: Between 16h00-16h30
  • Season: Yearly
Includes Lunch

Upper Zambezi Raft Float

The Raft Float activity takes place on the Upper Zambezi River above Victoria Falls, Zambia, clients will be in a sixteen foot stern mount inflatable raft, guided by a professional river guide.

  • Pick up from Vic Falls Accommodation: Between 08h30-09h00
  • Drop off at Vic Falls Accommodation: Between 16h00-16h30
  • Season: Yearly
Includes Light Lunch

Upper Zambezi Raft Float and Elephant Interaction

The Raft Float activity takes place on the Upper Zambezi River above Victoria Falls, Zambia, clients will be in a sixteen foot stern mount inflatable raft, guided by a professional river guide.

  • Pick up from Vic Falls Accommodation: Between 08h30-09h00
  • Drop off at Vic Falls Accommodation: Between 16h00-16h30
  • Season: Yearly

Age Restrictions:

The minimum age for canoe trips is 12 years. There is no maximum age.

Availability:

Canoeing trips are available daily. However, during the rainy season (December to March) we may not be able to run the trip if there has been large quantities of rain as the roads become impassable so we are unable to drive to the canoe put in and take out points.

CLIENT REQUIREMENTS:

The appropriate dress required is shorts, T-Shirts, shoes, sunscreen and a wide brimmed hat. Dry bags are provided for cameras and valuables. 

EQUIPMENT:

For the standard day and half day trips, the types of canoes used are the Inflatable crocodile canoes, double sided paddles and X-treme high flotation life jackets. For groups, we can use 16 foot inflatable rafts.

EXPERIENCE AND FITNESS:

No previous experience is required and clients need not be proficient swimmers.

VIDEOS AND PHOTOGRAPHS:

Videos and photographs will be provided on request for group bookings only and will be shown the same evening.

GUIDES AND SAFETY

Guides are licensed, fully trained and all hold valid first aid certificates. Whilst every precaution is taken, it is essential that agents make clients aware that an indemnity form must be signed before participating on these safari’s. A comprehensive first aid kit is carried on each trip. The trip leader is in radio contact with our base in Victoria Falls and direct with M.A.R.S. (Medical Air Rescue Service). All our camping trips have a satellite phone present for any emergencies.


 


Rates

* All rates are in US Dollar.

Title Price Admission Minimum Group Applicability
Two Day One Night Canoe Trail (Overnight at a camp site on the Zambezi River) $235 1 4 2012
Half Day Canoe Safari $100 1 4 2012
Full Day Canoe Safari $130 1 4 2012
Zambezi River Float (In Rafts Only) $80 0 5 2012
River Float & Elephant Interaction $130 0 5 2012
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